Just 400 new jobs were created in Australia during February, but a small fall in the participation rate has kept unemployment roughly steady at 5.3%, up from 5.2%.
A fall in part-time jobs offset a rise in full-time positions, the ABC reports.
The good news for Australia in the Bureau of Statistics survey was that full-time employment increased by 11,400.
Part-time employment bore the brunt of the job losses, down by 11,000.
That means aggregate monthly hours worked increased by 2.4% last month.